10 best movies like We Bought a Zoo (2011)

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We Bought a Zoo 2011
Benjamin has lost his wife and, in a bid to start his life over, purchases a large house that has a zoo – welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper and the rest of the staff, but, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble.
List of the best movies like We Bought a Zoo (2011): Dad, Chef, Letters to God, A Dog's Purpose, Jersey Girl, Buddy, Because of Winn-Dixie, At First Sight, Jersey Girl, Courageous.

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Dad (1989)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotLife, Friendship, Family life
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

A busy executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him than ever before. Estranged from his own son, the executive comes to realize what has been missing in his own life.

Chef (2014)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CharactersCooks, Parents
PlotTravel, Social Media, Internet, Divorce
PlaceKitchen, Los Angeles
StyleLight, To cry, Touching, Beautiful landscapes

When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love.

Letters to God (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, family
CharactersGods, Family, Friends, Terminally ill
PlotLove, On real events, Life, Friendship, Cancer
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. An unsuspecting substitute postman, with a troubled life of his own, becomes entangled in the boy's journey and his family by reading the letters. They inspire him to seek a better life for himself and his own son he's lost through his alcohol addiction.

A Dog's Purpose (2017)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, China, Hong Kong, India
CharactersDogs, Animals, Talking dogs, Family, Puppies
PlotLove, Survival, Soccer, Loneliness, Death
StyleTo cry, Cute, For children, Kind, Touching

A dog goes on quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners.

Jersey Girl (2004)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
PlotLife, Death, Seduction, Family life, Death of his wife
StyleTo cry, Cute, Soulful, Touching

Ollie Trinke is a young, suave music publicist who seems to have it all, with a new wife and a baby on the way. But life deals him a bum hand when he's suddenly faced with single fatherhood, a defunct career and having to move in with his father. To bounce back, it takes a new love and the courage instilled in him by his daughter.

Buddy (1997)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, family
CharactersAnimals, Family
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Life, Friendship, Family life
PlaceJungle, Zoos
StyleLight, Touching

An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CharactersDogs, Animals, Monkeys, Family, Friends
PlotLife, Friendship, Loneliness, Religious, Depression
PlaceParty, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Touching

A girl, abandoned by her mother when she was three, moves to a small town in Florida with her father. There, she adopts an orphaned dog she names Winn-Dixie. The bond between the girl and her special companion brings together the people in a small Florida town and heals her own troubled relationship with her father.

At First Sight (1999)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersDisabled people, Blind, Architects
PlotLove, On real events
PlaceNew York
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching

A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.

Jersey Girl (1992)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
PlotLove, Life, Friendship, Pursuit, Love triangle
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching

A working girl from New Jersey looks for love with a fast-lane Manhattan salesman from Queens.

Courageous (2011)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, drama
CharactersFriends, Fathers, Partners
PlotLife, Friendship, Fate, Family life
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift further and further away from them. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a new found urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children? COURAGEOUS is the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia.

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Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genremelodrama, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA, India
PlotLife, Family life
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

A poor New York resident, who is of Indian origin, dreams of becoming a fast car race driver. He endeavors, and his efforts are rewarded when he selected by a little-known group called 'RACING SADDLES'. He joins them and soon becomes their ace race driver. This man, whose name is Rajveer, then meets with a rich American woman, also of Indian origin, whose name is Radhika. Both fall in love with each other. They cannot get married, because Radhika's family hates Rajveer mainly because he is very poor. But Radhika is very stubborn, so she marries him. She loses all her rights to her family's wealth. They get married and become parents of two children. They also become very rich. Then Rajveer has an accident which changes their lives forever. They get into debt and stand to lose everything. Will Radhika be forced to return back to her family?

The Last of the Finest (1990)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, crime
PlotRobbery, Revenge, Conspiracies, Uprising
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ring. Banded together, four of the banned cops (which quickly becomes three when one is killed early) band together to fight the drug ring undercover. They gain capital for weapons by ripping off minor drug dealers. Then well-armed they go after the kingpin (Boyd).

Corrina, Corrina (1994)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
PlotLife, Friendship, Family life
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleLight, To cry, Cute, Touching

When Manny Singer's wife dies, his young daughter Molly becomes mute and withdrawn. To help cope with looking after Molly, he hires sassy housekeeper Corrina Washington, who coaxes Molly out of her shell and shows father and daughter a whole new way of life. Manny and Corrina's friendship delights Molly and enrages the other townspeople.

Love Comes Softly (2003)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, family, western
PlotSurvival, Life, Love with age difference, Family life
PlaceWild West
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Marty is a 19 year old pioneer woman, recently married. She goes west with her husband Clem, hoping to start a new life. But Clem unexpectedly dies, and Marty finds herself alone, two months pregnant. Clark Davis, a widower, offers her a marriage of convenience: she needs food and money, and he needs someone to take care of his daughter Missie. She accepts his proposal as a temporary solution.

Family Affairs (1996)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersFamily, Mothers
PlotLife, Loneliness, Death, Justice, Family life
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching

Focuses on the lives of residents in the fictional London suburb of Charnham.

Forrest Gump (1994)
CharactersFriends, Losers, Soldier, Good people
PlotLove, War, Adventure, Sports, Travel
PlaceChina, USA, New York
StyleInteresting, Kind, To cry, Soulful, Vital signs

A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. 'Forrest Gump' is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.

Swimming Upstream (2003)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryAustralia, USA
CharactersFathers, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Life, Swimming, Competitions
PlaceAustralia, USA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.

Two Is a Family (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryFrance, United Kingdom
CharactersGay, Teachers, Family, Fathers, Terminally ill
PlotMoney, Mystery, Growing up, Parenting
PlaceSea, School, France, Beach, Metro
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Touching

A man without attachments or responsibilities suddenly finds himself with an abandoned baby and leaves for London to try and find the mother. Eight years later after he and his daughter become inseparable Gloria's mother reappears.

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, family
CharactersFriends, Losers
PlotFriendship, Family life
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, By books, Touching, Serious

Welcome to Fuller Junction, Wisconsin, a friendly small town settled by Norwegian farmers. Here we see the exploits of two young cousins, Selma and Arnold, who learn about their world and experience the ups and downs of life as the season pass.

The Champ (1979)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, sport
PlotGambling, Boxing, Life, Family life
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The more you love, the harder you fight.The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. He knows his flawed but loving father is, was and always will be The Champ.